Posted March 26, 2009 by Kate Hamman
Located in Southwest Florida on the edge of the Everglades, Naples attracts people year-round to golf, shop, and play in the sand. However, Naples can also be an affordable alternative to pricier beach destinations. Here, you can shop for bargain designer clothes, eat at an Italian restaurant, and stay in a tropical inn without going broke.
Options Thrift Shoppe: Located along Naples Treasure Trail, an area filled with antiques and secondhand stores, Options Thrift Shoppe overflows with designer items at discount prices. You'll find purses by brand names such as Kate Spade, Coach, and Gucci, Prada shoes (potentially, of course) and much more, all at very reasonable prices. On top of the racks of clothing and accessories, the store also sells an impressive range of home goods and furnishings. Plus, 100 percent of the proceeds go to the Shelter for Abused Women and Children.
Naples Tomato Restaurant and Grocery: Get a taste of Naples, Italy, at this Naples, Florida, restaurant and grocer, which offers a fresh take on Italian food and wine. Naples Tomato not only serves 10 varieties of the red fruit, but it also prepares more than 30 homemade pastas, features 100 changing antipasto items, and sells more than 3,000 different wines. Dinner entree prices tend to hover in the low $20s, but the real bargain is the Chemical-Free Combo lunch for $9.95, where you can pick and choose from a range of pasta and sandwich options. Wines start at $10 per bottle.
Lemon Tree Inn: When life gives you lemons, come stay at the Lemon Tree Inn, where the lemonade is always complimentary. Located just blocks from the shopping and nightlife of Fifth Avenue South, the city's oldest hotel features 34 rooms facing a central tropical courtyard. Rooms start at $89 per night, and include continental breakfast by the pool.
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(Photo: Naples Marco Island Everglades CVB)
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